Nov 26, 2022; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the first quarter at College Park, Maryland, USA; at SECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brent Skeen-USA TODAY Sports

Taulia Tagovailoa sets Maryland QB mark in rout of Rutgers

Roman Hemby ran for three touchdowns and the Maryland defense held Rutgers to 120 yards and five first downs as the Terrapins celebrated Senior Day with a 37-0 shutout Saturday afternoon in College Park, Md.

Senior Taulia Tagovailoa completed 25 of 37 passes for 342 yards and a touchdown as Maryland improved to 7-5 overall and 4-5 in the Big Ten. The touchdown pass was the 50th for Tagovailoa as he became the program’s all-time leader in the category.

Jeshaun Jones caught the scoring pass, a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter, and finished with nine receptions for 152 yards, coming up big in the absence of top receiver Rakim Jarrett, who was out with an injury.

Rutgers (4-8, 1-8) generated little offense against the stingy Maryland defense as Gavin Wimsatt completed 5 of 13 passes for 48 yards. The Scarlet Knights came up empty on all 11 of their third-down conversion tries and never crossed the Maryland 45.

The Terps got off to a slow start, committing turnovers on two of its first three possessions. But Rutgers couldn’t take advantage of either of Wesley Brown’s fumble recoveries.

The Scarlet Knights went three and out after the first turnover and turned it over on downs after the second as Maryland’s Anthony Booker Jr. lassoed Chris Long for a three-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 play.

On Maryland’s ensuing possession, Hemby scored on a 1-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to cap a 53-yard drive.

Hemby’s second touchdown, also a 1-yard carry, culminated an 82-yard march in the second quarter.

When Tagovailoa was shaken up late in the half, third-string quarterback Eric Najarian completed three of his first four passes for 37 yards to set up the first of three field goals from Chad Ryland as the Terps took a 17-0 halftime lead.

Hemby’s third touchdown, on an 8-yard rush, finished off a 75-yard drive to open the second half.

Rutgers’ only promising drive came in the third when Wimsatt and Johnny Langan hooked up on a 27-yard play. The Scarlet Knights reached the Terps’ 46, but Ahmad McCullough snuffed out the uprising with a third-down sack.

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Nov 19, 2022; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin (left) talks with Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano before the game at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

No. 11 Penn State crushes Rutgers, 55-10

Kobe King and Ji’Ayir Brown scored touchdowns off fumble recoveries and No. 11 Penn State scored 48 unanswered points and rolled to a 55-10 victory over host Rutgers on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

Penn State (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) won its third straight as its defense continued to dominate, getting 15 tackles for loss and four sacks en route to its 16th straight win over Rutgers and 31st in 33 all-time meetings.

The Nittany Lions have 17 sacks during their winning streak.

The first fumble occurred late in the first quarter after Penn State trailed 10-7. On second-and-11, cornerback Marquis Wilson jarred the ball loose from wideout Johnny Langan, allowing King to easily recover and score from 14 yards out for a 14-10 lead.

The second fumble occurred in the opening minute of the second half on third-and-10. With Rutgers in the red zone, quarterback Gavin Wimsatt was strip-sacked and Brown easily recovered and scored from 70 yards out to make it 35-10.

Nicholas Singleton had a 100-yard kickoff return for Penn State’s first TD.

Kaytron Allen ran 11 times for 117 yards, including a 59-yard gain that set up his 8-yard TD run in the third quarter as the Nittany Lions outgained Rutgers 237-32 on the ground.

Sean Clifford completed 17-of-26 passes for 157 yards, including a 10-yard TD to Tyler Warren. He also had a 14-yard rushing TD late in the first half. Backup quarterback Drew Allar played the second half and also scored on a 1-yard TD in the fourth.

Wimsatt was 10 of 29 for 122 yards as Rutgers (4-7, 1-7) lost its fourth straight and is no longer bowl-eligible. The Scarlet Knights have been outscored 166-48 during the skid.

After Singleton’s kickoff return with 7:54 remaining, Aron Cruickshank set up Jones’ 4-yard TD with a 67-yard kickoff return but Penn State responded for a 14-10 lead on King’s fumble recovery in the final minute of the first.

The Nittany Lions held a 28-10 lead by halftime after Clifford found Warren and scored on a 14-yard run with 63 seconds remaining.

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Oct 29, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim (24) evades Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Aaron Lewis (71) in the first quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

Mohamed Ibrahim rushes for 3 TDs, Minnesota blanks Rutgers

Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for three touchdowns and Minnesota’s defense was dominant in the Golden Gophers’ 31-0 win over visiting Rutgers Saturday in Big Ten play at Minneapolis.

Ibrahim, who rushed for 159 yards on 36 carries, broke the school record for rushing touchdowns and finished with the day with 46.

The Golden Gophers chewed up 10 minutes and 27 seconds of game clock in the first half, finishing a 19-play, 99-yard drive with Ibrahim’s 2-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.

Ibrahim’s second score, came on a fourth-and-1 play with 5:14 to play in the first half, He ended the day in the top 10 all-time in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns.

The Gophers (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak.

About the only highlights of the game for the Scarlet Knights (4-4, 1-4) were two Adam Korsak punts. The first was downed at the Minnesota 1-yard line in the first quarter, and the second traveled 77 yards in the second quarter. He averaged 51.2 on five punts.

Rutgers quarterback Gavin Wimsatt, one of three rotational quarterbacks for the Scarlet Knights, got the start and played the first half. He lost a fumble and guided his offense to only 58 total yards.

Things didn’t get much better for Rutgers in the second half. The Scarlet Knights couldn’t find any more rhythm on offense, and Wimsatt threw an interception to Sean Ryan with 11:08 to play in the game.

That led to Ibrahim’s third touchdown, a 28-yard run that put the game away with Minnesota taking a 21-0 lead. Ibrahim’s day was essentially over after that, the star running back having put in plenty of work on the afternoon.

Noah Vedral entered the game for Wimsatt with 10:10 to play, but it was too little, too late to try to give life to Rutgers’ offense. The Scarlet Knights managed just 134 yards of total offense. Minnesota had 375.

Tanner Morgan returned at quarterback for the Gophers after missing last weekend’s game due to injury. Matthew Trickett’s 31-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter and Bryce Williams’ 3-yard touchdown run after another interception finished off Minnesota’s first conference game shutout in 18 years.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim (24) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Hosting Rutgers, Minnesota tries to halt three-game slide

Minnesota seeks to snap a three-game losing streak Saturday when the Golden Gophers host Rutgers in a Big Ten conference matchup in Minneapolis.

After a 4-0 start, including three wins against non-threatening nonconference opponents, Minnesota (4-3 overall, 1-3 in Big Ten) has lost three straight conference matchups. The Gophers have been without quarterback Tanner Morgan, who is dealing with a concussion, and could again turn to Athan Kaliakmanis should Morgan not clear protocol.

Morgan has progressed, but it’s too early to tell if he would be ready to return.

Kaliakmanis was a coveted recruit and showed flashes of what makes him an exciting piece of the future.

He gave the Minnesota offense a jolt of energy in a 45-17 loss at Penn State last Saturday. Head coach P.J. Fleck said no one is happy about the last three games, but the team can either remain where it is or change.

“I think we have a very confident football team that needs to get back to playing confident,” Fleck said. “But that’s earned as well.”

He added that the Minnesota pass rush has not fared well (nine sacks) and the pass defense has to improve.

On the bright side, running back Mohamed Ibrahim has totaled 796 yards and 10 touchdowns and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

Rutgers (4-3, 1-3) picked up a 24-17 win over Indiana at home last Saturday as Scarlet Knights running back Samuel Brown V ran for 101 yards.

Rutgers has a winning record through seven games for the first time since 2014. The program is sixth in the nation in rushing defense (87.4 yards per game) and seventh in total defense (283.9 yards per game).

On special teams, Rutgers leads the Big Ten and is third in the country with four blocked kicks. Offensively, the Scarlet Knights have had 12 players score at least one touchdown.

Fleck and Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano worked together in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, when Fleck was on head coach Schiano’s staff.

“I knew probably a day into his time (there) that he was going to be a head coach,” Schiano said of Fleck.

Rutgers has averaged just 11 points per game in its three losses. The Knights could start Noah Vedral, Gavin Wimsatt or Evan Simon at quarterback against Minnesota.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Ifeanyi Maijeh (88) blocks a pass thrown by Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Connor Bazelak (9) during the first half at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers beats Indiana for first Big Ten home win since 2017

Samuel Brown V racked up 101 rushing yards on 28 carries and scored the go-ahead touchdown to lift Rutgers to a 24-17 victory over Indiana on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

Rutgers (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten) won a home conference game for the first time since Nov. 4, 2017. The Scarlet Knights gained 192 yards on the ground to send the Hoosiers (3-5, 1-4) to their fifth consecutive loss.

Indiana raced out to a 14-0 lead in less than eight minutes, but Rutgers scored 24 straight points and controlled the rest of the game. With Rutgers holding a narrow lead in the fourth quarter, Wesley Bailey chased Indiana quarterback Connor Bazelak into the end zone, Bazelak got rid of the ball and Christian Braswell intercepted it for a 12-yard touchdown return.

Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral completed 12 of 24 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Aron Cruickshank added 64 rushing yards on five carries.

Bazelak went 10-for-10 passing in the first quarter but finished 23-for-41 for 210 yards, one pick and one rushing touchdown.

Jaylin Lucas returned the game’s opening kickoff 93 yards for a Hoosiers touchdown. Rutgers punted on its opening drive, and Indiana engineered an 11-play, 91-yard drive capped off by Bazelak’s option run left for a 7-yard score, making it 14-0 with 7:05 left in the first quarter.

Rutgers got on the board in the second quarter at the end of an 86-yard drive. Samuel Brown V ran up the middle to convert a fourth-and-1 from Indiana’s 16. On the next play, Vedral floated a pass to Sean Ryan in the back-left corner of the end zone and he managed to get one foot in bounds for the agile 15-yard touchdown catch.

Indiana led 14-7 at halftime after the teams traded punts the rest of the half.

The Scarlet Knights opened the third quarter with a 49-yard field goal by Jude McAtamney. They forced a quick three-and-out and produced another long drive. Brown’s 2-yard touchdown run gave Rutgers its first lead, 17-14, with 38 seconds left in the quarter.

Rutgers had possession for 13:39 of the third quarter and held Indiana to two three-and-outs for a net loss of 2 yards.

In the fourth quarter, McAtamney missed a 56-yard field-goal try, and Indiana’s Charles Campbell hooked a 52-yard attempt wide left before Braswell’s pick-6 made it 24-14.

Indiana drove late and Charles Campbell made a 39-yard field goal with 1:18 left on the clock, but the Scarlet Knights recovered the ensuing onside kick.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes safety Ronnie Hickman (14) tackles Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Noah Vedral (0) for a loss during the first quarter at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Miyan Williams’ five rushing TDs help No. 3 Ohio State rout Rutgers

Miyan Williams tied an Ohio State record with five rushing touchdowns as he No. 3 Buckeyes overcame an early deficit to roll past visiting Rutgers 49-10 in Columbus on Saturday.

With injured starting running back TreVeyon Henderson unavailable, Williams took over. He scored twice from the 1-yard line and another from the 2 to give the Buckeyes (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) a 28-7 halftime lead.

Williams who had a career high 189 yards on 21 carries, added a 70-yard TD in the third quarter and tied the mark from the 2 early in the fourth quarter. He joined Pete Johnson (1974 vs. North Carolina) and Keith Byars (1984 vs. Illinois).

Rutgers (3-2, 0-2) went ahead 7-0 on 14-yard pass from Evan Simon to Sean Ryan after Emeka Egbuka muffed a punt, giving the Scarlet Knights the ball at the Ohio State 18.

It was the first time in the nine meetings that Rutgers held a lead. The Buckeyes have won every game.

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was 13 for 22 for 154 yards with two TDs and an interception. His 36-yard TD to Julian Fleming made it 21-7 in the second quarter but the offense was lethargic at times.

On the Buckeyes’ next possession, a defensive pass interference put the ball on the Scarlet Knights’ 4 but Ohio State needed seven plays and a defensive holding to punch it in on Williams’ 1-yarder. The 39-yard drive took 10 plays and ran 4:48 off the clock.

After a Stroud interception by Avery Young on the first play of the third quarter led to a field goal, Williams on the Buckeyes’ next snap went 70 yards to make it 35-10.
Rutgers’ Evan Simon was 10 for 19 for 74 yards, a TD and a pick.

The game turned heated midway through the fourth quarter when Ohio State punter Jesse Mirco ran for 22 yards and was belted out of bounds by Aron Cruickshank, who was ejected. Rutgers coach
Greg Schiano raced across the field to confront Ohio State coach Ryan Day. They jawed face-to-face before being separated but they hugged and shook hands after the game.

— Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Miyan Williams (3) celebrates scoring a touchdown with quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) during the first half of the NCAA Division I football game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

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No. 3 Ohio State to provide stern test for Rutgers defense

The fate of Saturday’s game at Columbus, Ohio, could be decided at the coin toss when No. 3 Ohio State hosts Rutgers in a Big Ten Conference matchup.

Fast starts have been the norm for the Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0) the past two games, giving Rutgers (3-1, 0-1) fair warning if it wins the coin toss.

The Scarlet Knights might want to consider receiving the opening kickoff and keeping the potent Ohio State offense off the field as long as possible.

In the Buckeyes’ 77-21 victory against Toledo on Sept. 17, coach Ryan Day decided to receive the opening kickoff rather than deferring to the second half. Ohio State scored a touchdown on its first possession, and the next six possessions as well, while reaching the end zone on 11 of its first 12 drives.

When Wisconsin won the coin toss last week, the Badgers elected to kick off. Bad choice. The Buckeyes went 88 yards in six plays for a 7-0 lead, intercepted the Badgers on their first series and quickly scored again.

By halftime, the Buckeyes had four TDs and a field goal in their first five possessions en route to 52-21 win.

“We got into a good rhythm early on. We hit a couple of those passes, and that was big,” Day said. “We got some movement in the run game. When you have that balance of run and pass, you can be more explosive because they can’t focus in one area.”

The Buckeyes are third nationally in scoring at 48.8 points per game, but Rutgers, whose head coach, Greg Schiano, was the defensive coordinator and associate head coach at Ohio State from 2016-18, will rely on its defense to stay in the game.

Rutgers is No. 2 against the run (56.5 yards per game), ninth in total defense (249.5) and 25th in scoring defense (17.3 points per game).

Schiano acknowledges Rutgers, which lost 27-10 to Iowa in its conference opener last week, hasn’t faced a team the caliber of the Buckeyes.

Against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes had 10 plays of 10-plus yards on their first 14 snaps.

“If you play poorly against a team like Ohio State, it really gets exposed, right?” Schiano said. “So you go play poorly against a good team, you might not look great. You play poorly against them and it’s a matter of how many (points), what is the difference.”

Another concern for Schiano is at quarterback. Senior Noah Vedral is recovering from surgery, and sophomore Gavin Wimsatt has been injured, leaving third-string sophomore Evan Simon as the lone scholarship QB vs. Iowa.

Simon was 28 of 49 for a career-high 300 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, including a pick six, against the Hawkeyes.

“I think one thing you can say, he is a tough son of a gun now,” Schiano said. “He stood in there and made some throws, and as he was letting it go, he was getting hit but he didn’t flinch.”

Schiano said Monday the status of Vedral and Wimsatt will be known later in the week.

For the Buckeyes, Day said starting cornerbacks Cam Brown and Denzel Burke and receiver Jaxon-Smith Njigba might return from injuries after sitting out the last game.

— Field Level Media

Iowa defensive back Terry Roberts, center, celebrates with teammates Max Llewellyn, left, and Quinn Schulte after intercepting during a NCAA football game against Nevada, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. The play was overturned due to a penalty against Iowa.

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Defense on display when Iowa faces Rutgers

Do not expect a high-scoring shootout when Iowa meets Rutgers in both teams’ Big Ten opener Saturday at Piscataway, N.J.

Not only do both teams rank top-10 nationally in total defense and top-25 in scoring defense, but both also have struggled to produce consistently on offense.

The Hawkeyes (2-1) started the year by barely defeating FCS foe South Dakota State 7-3 with two safeties and a field goal rather than one touchdown. After falling to Iowa State 10-7, Iowa’s offense finally struck the right chord in last week’s 27-0 win over Nevada, as Kaleb Johnson ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries.

Then there’s the Scarlet Knights (3-0), who dropped 66 points on FCS Wagner two weeks ago but squeaked by Temple 16-14 last Saturday without an offensive touchdown. Rutgers only managed 59 passing yards, instead winning with three field goals and a pick-6 by Shaquan Loyal.

“Part of it was technical. Part of it was schematic … and part of it was cultural,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said of the offensive struggles. “So throw all three things together, and you had kind of a perfect storm. But we are moving. We are learning from it and we are moving forward and we need to because we have an opponent with as stout a defense as there is in the country.”

Rutgers must cope with a Hawkeyes defense tied for second in FBS with 13 total points allowed, including just one touchdown. And Iowa — which ranks last among 131 FBS teams with 217.7 yards per game — now faces a Rutgers defense allowing 240.3 per game, 10th in the nation.

“You watch film on them — I don’t want to say they’re the same as us, but there’s a lot of parallels, I think,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “In terms of, they’ve got a system defensively and offensively they believe in. They’ve got big physical guys that are athletic and play hard and they don’t do dumb things. They make you earn anything you get.”

Two Rutgers quarterbacks will be game-time decisions, Schiano said: Gavin Wimsatt, who came up limping early in the Temple game and did not return, and senior Noah Vedral, who’s yet to play this year while recovering from an upper-body injury. Evan Simon started and took most of the snaps against Temple.

The programs have only met twice since Rutgers joined the Big Ten. Iowa won 14-7 in 2016 and 30-0 in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Desmond Igbinosun (4) tackles Temple Owls running back Edward Saydee (23) in the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Shaquan Loyal’s interception return helps Rutgers edge Temple

Shaquan Loyal returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown as Rutgers relied on its defense and special teams to beat host Temple 16-14 in nonconference play on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Temple used a big stop with 7:05 left in the fourth quarter to keep Rutgers (3-0) from extending its two-point lead. But the Scarlet Knights stymied the Owls (1-2) on fourth and 4 with 2:25 remaining and closed out the win.

Jude McAtamney made three of four field-goal attempts for Rutgers, the longest coming from 45 yards away.

Rutgers starting quarterback Evan Simon threw for just 52 yards on 9-of-15 passing. Johnny Langan led the Rutgers offense with 79 rushing yards.

Temple redshirt freshman E.J. Warner, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, made his first collegiate start at quarterback. He completed 19 of 32 passes for 215 yards, with a touchdown and the fateful pick-six.

Temple outgained Rutgers in total yards, 264-201.

Warner found Adonicas Sanders (eight receptions, 90 yards) for a big fourth-and-3 completion in Rutgers territory during the first quarter. Three plays later, Quincy Patterson subbed in for a designed quarterback run and barreled in for a 1-yard touchdown.

McAtamney booted his 45-yard field goal to cut it to 7-3 with 1:09 left in the first quarter.

Loyal’s big play came with 6:05 remaining in the half. The defensive back blitzed, batted Warner’s pass into the air, caught it on the run and took it to the house to give the Scarlet Knights the lead.

Rutgers stuffed Temple on fourth down on the Owls’ ensuing possession, but couldn’t capitalize as McAtamney missed from 38 yards in the final minute of the half. It remained 10-7 Rutgers at the break.

McAtamney, a native of Ireland, made a 25-yard chip shot during the third quarter and added a 38-yarder on the first play of the fourth quarter to extend Rutgers’ lead to 16-7.

But Warner hooked up with tight end Jordan Smith on the next Temple drive, and Smith spun out of a tackle and sprinted for a 47-yard touchdown to make it 16-14 with 14:15 left.

Simon took a 15-yard sack on third and 8, which knocked the Scarlet Knights out of field goal range and forced them to punt midway through the fourth. But Temple stalled around midfield and Warner threw an incomplete pass on fourth down.

After Temple burned through its timeouts, Langan powered through the middle on a third-and-2 situation and went 17 yards, stopping shy of a touchdown on purpose to let the clock bleed out.

–Field Level Media

Sep 10, 2022; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Evan Simon (3) throws a pass against the Wagner Seahawks during the second half at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

QB decisions ahead as unbeaten Rutgers faces Temple

Rutgers could start 3-0 for the second straight season if it defeats host Temple on Saturday at Philadelphia.

The Scarlet Knights’ 3-0 start in 2021 began with a 61-14 thrashing of Temple, but Rutgers coach Greg Schiano thought their opponent played better than the final score showed.

“That score was not indicative of what that game was,” Schiano said Monday. “That score was based on takeaways. We struggled to move the football against their defense, and I think their defense is playing well again.”

Rutgers’ defense had two interceptions (one returned for a score), three fumble recoveries and a safety in last year’s win, which extended its winning streak in the all-time series to five.

The Scarlet Knights (2-0) opened the season with a 22-21 comeback win at Boston College, followed by last week’s 66-7 victory over FCS Wagner. Evan Simon and Gavin Wimsatt, splitting snaps at quarterback in place of injured senior Noah Vedral, each threw their first career touchdown passes in that game.

Vedral is recovering from an upper-body injury, and Schiano said it’s still too early to know whether the quarterback could return this week. Wimsatt, a former four-star recruit, got the start against Wagner.

Temple (1-1) got in the win column with a 30-14 victory last Saturday over FCS Lafayette after the Owls opened their season with a 30-0 loss at Duke.

The Owls were tied with Lafayette 7-7 after one quarter, with starting quarterback D’Wan Mathis losing two fumbles. First-year coach Stan Drayton subbed in freshman E.J. Warner, the son of Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who led Temple to victory with 173 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-19 passing.

“The way he handled the pressure … he didn’t flinch,” Drayton told reporters. “He went out there and executed the offense, didn’t try to step outside himself, went out there and put the ball where it needed to be.”

Temple listed Warner as its starting quarterback against Rutgers on the depth chart, but Drayton did not confirm he would have the job going forward.

Running backs Darvon Hubbard and Edward Saydee rushed for 59 and 55 yards respectively and scored a touchdown apiece against Lafayette.

–Field Level Media